Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Busy Busy Busy

I have been so busy these last few weeks, as I expect you all have as well. But I thought I should find a least half an hour today to do a post, as it's so easy to get out of the habit of regular postings.

Last Friday we went to stay with my son and his wife and enjoyed a day/night with the grandchildren, then on Saturday we caught the train and went to our other son who lives in central London. We had a fabulous time and visited Camden Lock , we haven't been there for years. It's an amazing place, buzzing with life and teeming with people. I must have taken over 150 photo's and have captured the spirit of the place, but that will have to be another post or even a link to flikr. If you ever get a chance to go I can really recommend it.

In the evening we ate out in Primrose Hill at a traditional Greek restaurant, the food and ambiance was brilliant. We then walked up Primrose Hill which is always crowded with people whatever the time.

On Sunday we went to Leicester Square and had lunch in a vegetarian South Indian restuarant and went to look around the amazing 'Liberty' store. The interior of the building is stunning, and for 'crafty' people like myself the haberdashery and fabric departments are awesome, I had to be dragged out screaming I WANT I WANT !!!!!!

Anyway ! that was the week-end, so now back to reality and the Garden (watered by a kind neighbour in exchange for Lot's of veggies) and the allotment watered by my daughter. I went up to check the greenhouse and the tomatoes were HUGE and some were ripe. There were courgettes (oh No) aubergines (moussaka today ) and hundreds of red and white onions to pull up and left on racks to dry, a few of the smaller ones I bought home to dry in the garden


These are the 'Abraham Lincoln' tomatoes grown from seed (VICTORIANA NURSERY)

the largest here weighed 12 ozs on it's own.

Little and Large ( a mix of different tomatoes)

The Newly built brassica tent, not quite a cage ! as we need more aluminum rods as I didn't buy enough, I have got all the 'Build a Balls' I need though.

Rosie has new clothes

Flowers picked from the garden this morning

Dahlias make a beautiful bouquet

That's about all for this post. I actually feel very tired today after all the walking about in London and I haven't done half the things I wanted to do. Never mind there is always tomorrow ! I now have to get on and get that moussaka cooked.

Have a good week everyone.

M x


Vegetable Heaven said...

You HAVE been busy haven't you? Those Abe Lincolns look wonderful.

Maureen said...

Hi Vegetable Heaven. It's raining here today so that's enabled me to slow down a bit. The Abraham Lincolns are now on next years list to grow as they are great. I cooked the moussaka last night and I'd forgotten just how long it all takes to prepare and cook, so we ate very late. I'm not sure I will bother again.

Damo said...

I haven't been to Camden for years. Very envious of your onions and aubergines. My onions are pitiful and the aubergines are some way off. Lovely Dahlias as always.

Maureen said...

Hi Damo, you must go to Camden if you get the chance. The old horse hospital has been converted to Bars and markets it's brilliant. I grew my onions from seeds again this year and some of them are huge. I cooked the aubergines last night and they were tasty.

Pam said...

Hi Maureen, looks like you've been busy at home and away. The tomatoes look great - have you decided how you're going to preserve some of them?
My kitchen constantly smells of sugar and fruit just now. I think I may have overdone the jam this year. Ah well, plenty for swaps.
Love the dahlias.
P xx

Maureen said...

Hi Pam, I haven't made any jam this year as I am still trying to lose the pounds, so all that sugar puts me off. I will however be making my favourite raspberry curd to have with my plain yogurt, that's as soon as the raspberries are ready, mine are late fruiting ones. I will make tomato and chilli relish and sauces with the glut of tomatoes and chillies.

Cynthe B. said...

Hi Maureen ~ Thanks for popping by FigsWithBri! Always more fun to celebrate with friends.

Love your darling Rosie. (scarecrow...do you use a different term?) Is she a self portrait? I do see a resemblance: all that long blond hair and big smile!

Also, here's an unusual idea for your tomato crop ~ had a DELICIOUS tomato-orange soup the other night at a cafe. Am going to look around for a recipe myself. You wouldn't believe how lovely the flavors are together. It was more tomato-y than orange-y. Absolutely delish.

Maureen said...

Hi CYNTHE, it's nice that you paid a return visit, thank you. I laughed at your comment on Rosie being a self portrait as your not the first to say that, so it's a bit worrying Ha Ha !! When I first put her up I had a short sighted fellow plot holder who used to wave like mad at her thinking it was me, and wondering why I didn't wave back, mind you his plot is at the far end of the allotments.

I look forward to seeing the recipe for the soup, so I hope you find one. M x

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Maureen,
I'm going down my blog roll, looking for blogs I haven't visited in awhile. I enjoyed reading about your weekend and seeing the photos of your harvest and garden. I hope that net thing works. I need to do something to keep the rabbits out next year.

My tomatoes are just starting to ripen, and I picked my first cucumber today.

Maureen said...

Hi Sue, thanks for the visit and comment. I need to do the same thing and go down my blog roll and visit everyone. The netting I put up went over the veg a bit late I'm afraid so I must learn from this mistake next year !!! I had netting over them temporarily, but the holes were large and the Cabbage white butterflies must have got in, as there are caterpillars in there that I have to pick off.
M x